Exalted Reviewaverse

Notes on this crossover in my head. Sometimes contains notes about things in real life that interest me. The icon is by organic designs, who can be found on LiveJournal.

stormingtheivory:

allacharade:

salon:

Academia is a true nightmare. 

Sorry for the click-bate-y title, but this is kind of really important. While tuition is going up, the people actually doing the teaching are being severally underpaid. What follows are some particularly upsetting excepts:

Over three quarters of college professors are adjunct. Legally, adjunct positions are part-time, at-will employment. Universities pay adjunct professors by the course, anywhere between $1,000 to $5,000. So if a professor teaches three courses in both the fall and spring semesters at a rate of $3000 per course, they’ll make $18,000 dollars. The average full-time barista makes the same yearly wage. However, a full-time adjunct works more than 40 hours a week. They’re not paid for most of those hours.

Some professors in his situation became homeless. Oliver was “fortunate” enough to only require food stamps, a fact of life for many adjuncts.

“It’s completely insane,” he said. “And this isn’t happening just to me. More and more people are doing it.”

“We have food stamps,” said the anonymous adjunct from Indiana. “We wouldn’t be able to survive without them.”

“Many professors are on food stamps and they go to food donation centers. They donate plasma. And that’s a pretty regular occurrence,” Merklein told Salon.

“As soon as they hear about you organizing, they go on the defensive,” Merklein said. “For instance, at my community college, I am being intimidated constantly and threatened in various ways, hypothetically usually. They don’t like to say something that’s an outright direct threat. … They get really freaked out when they see pamphlets around the adjunct faculty office and everyone’s wearing buttons regardless of what professional organization or union it is. They will then go on the offensive. They will usually contact their attorney who is there to protect the school as a business and to act in an anti-labor capacity.”

The most telling phrase in Merklein’s words are “the school as a business.” Colleges across the country have transitioned from bastions of intellectual enlightenment to resort hotels prizing amenities above academics. Case in point: The ludicrously extravagant gyms in America’s larger universities are home to rock climbing walls, corkscrew tracks, rooftop gardens, and a lazy river. Schools have billions to invest in housing and other on-campus projects. Schools have millions (or in some cases “mere” hundreds of thousands) to pay administrators.  Yet schools can’t find the money to hire more full-time professors. If one follows the money, it’s clear that colleges view education as tertiary. The rigor of a university’s courses doesn’t attract the awe of doe-eyed high school seniors. Lavish dorms and other luxuries do.

Anyone going to college now, consider organizing for your faculty. They are at risk of being fired for it, you are not. The university might be more willing to listen to students demanding the education they are paying for. Make noise for the people making your degree possible.

If you are touring colleges, ask what percentage of the faculty are adjucts. Ask what they are paid.

If you are not in a position to do these things, there are two petitions in the linked article to sign.

and honestly if you can read about shit like this and still be against unions I don’t know what to tell you.

Can’t wait to get my degree so I can start teaching!

luvsavengedsevenfold:

youshouldseemeinacrownn:

youshouldseemeinacrownn:

This is me. I am a girl. I have no hair.
I don’t have cancer. I didn’t shave my own head. I am allergic to my own hair.
I get called ugly a lot because, “People without hair can’t be pretty.”
I get called an attention whore a lot because, “Why else would you shave your own head?”
I get called a liar a lot because, “You can’t be allergic to your own hair.”
I use to beilive I was ugly. I used to think I made this happen to myself. I used to belive no one would love me. Not anymore.
Now I realize I was looking for comformtion in the wrong spots. I don’t need boys that want to date me or girls that want to be me. I don’t need people to tell me I’m pretty. The first person I need love from is me. I need to be the kind of person I want to date, I need to want to be me, and I need to think of myself as pretty.
I’m not posting this for your pity.
I am posting this because out of my twenty seven followers at least one of y’all has to read this, and I want you to know that you are beautiful human beings. While you are fangirling and lusting loving after actors today, I want you to remember to take a moment and love yourself.

I EXPOSE MY HEART TO YOU PEOPLE AND I GET 23 NOTES!

Intersectionality issue here, folks. Not only are these people who condemn her for having no hair feeding into patriarchal beauty standards of how women “should” present themselves, but this is also a form of ableism.

luvsavengedsevenfold:

youshouldseemeinacrownn:

youshouldseemeinacrownn:

This is me. I am a girl. I have no hair.

I don’t have cancer. I didn’t shave my own head. I am allergic to my own hair.

I get called ugly a lot because, “People without hair can’t be pretty.”

I get called an attention whore a lot because, “Why else would you shave your own head?”

I get called a liar a lot because, “You can’t be allergic to your own hair.”

I use to beilive I was ugly. I used to think I made this happen to myself. I used to belive no one would love me. Not anymore.

Now I realize I was looking for comformtion in the wrong spots. I don’t need boys that want to date me or girls that want to be me. I don’t need people to tell me I’m pretty. The first person I need love from is me. I need to be the kind of person I want to date, I need to want to be me, and I need to think of myself as pretty.

I’m not posting this for your pity.

I am posting this because out of my twenty seven followers at least one of y’all has to read this, and I want you to know that you are beautiful human beings. While you are fangirling and lusting loving after actors today, I want you to remember to take a moment and love yourself.

I EXPOSE MY HEART TO YOU PEOPLE AND I GET 23 NOTES!

Intersectionality issue here, folks. Not only are these people who condemn her for having no hair feeding into patriarchal beauty standards of how women “should” present themselves, but this is also a form of ableism.

connorkawaii:

"a female protagonist in assassin’s creed is historically inaccurate!"

haha yeah because ancient aliens, conspiracies, and a war that has been going on for thousands of years yet still somehow remains secret to the outside world is totally accurate i mean we can have glowing magical objects which kill people and all kinds of stuff but a female with a knife is TOO far buddy TOO INACCURATE and TOOO UNSCIENTIFIC!!!!!!

anghraine:

friendly reminder that Harry Potter

  1. at eleven, was described by his teachers as ‘bright’
  2. at the same age, according to the Sorting Hat: “Not a bad mind, either. There’s talent, oh my goodness, yes” and “You could be great, you know, it’s all here in your head”
  3. mastered the challenging Patronus Charm at thirteen and proceeded to teach it at fifteen
  4. resisted the Imperius Curse at fourteen and soon learned to throw it off completely, even when cast by the incredibly powerful Voldemort
  5. also at fourteen, learned to cast a powerful Accio Charm
  6. at fifteen, was training other students
  7. at the same age, under extreme stress, tested as ‘exceeds expectations’ or ‘outstanding’ in every subject that required actual magic (including the dreaded Potions)
  8. same age, cast a briefly effective Cruciatus Curse
  9. at sixteen, became a star Potions student simply by following superior instructions
  10. at seventeen, successfully cast the Imperius Curse on his first try, and used it repeatedly
  11. at the same age, cast a successful Cruciatus Curse

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